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Commissions East Update: November 2011

Date uploaded: November 7, 2011

CB1 Public Art Programme

David Ward has been appointed to undertake a commission for Fosters Mill as part of the CB1 Public Art Programme.

‘Foster’s Mill Firmament’ is a temporary light projection that will take place after dark between 1-23 December 2011 prior to the redevelopment of the site. The projection draws on the history of the mill as well as other historic buildings in Cambridge.

Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley have been commissioned by the Ridgeon Group to commemorate its centenary. The artists’ will work with landscape architects Robert Myers on a new park for the CB1 development.

‘Supercomputer’ by artist and musician Jem Finer is the third major public commission for the CB1 site. A functioning computer, it will be made from a series of beautifully constructed and designed pipes, and will be enclosed in an elegant glass fronted pavilion, similar to the mainframe computers of the 1970s.

‘Supercomputer’ will be designed to play pitched percussive instruments incorporated in the structure, in effect turning the computer into a composing calculator. The Work has been inspired by Cambridge mathematician John Conway who invented ‘The Game of Life’.

Aid & Abet have been appointed to manage the cb1 community consultation programme, which will include a series of workshops, artist talks, presentations, and film screenings.


Major Commission for Orford Ness as Part of the National Trust’s ‘Trust New Art’ Programme

Commissions East has developed a major cross-art form project for Orford Ness in partnership with the National Trust as part of the ‘Trust New Art’ contemporary art programme.

Artists Jane and Louise Wilson, jazz musician Arnie Somogyi and writer Robert Macfarlane are currently developing their ideas in response to this important site.

The project has been made possible with funding from Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, the Sfumato Foundation and PRS for Music Foundation.


Launch of Langlands and Bell Commission for University Campus Suffolk (UCS)

Artists’ Langlands and Bell were commissioned by University Campus Suffolk to create a new work to link the northern and southern sites of the campus in Ipswich.

‘Question?’ will be unveiled on 24 November 2011, and is intended to provide a visual and geographical connection between the two sites becoming a dramatic feature of the landscape for UCS and the communities.

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‘Question?’ Part 1. Work in Progress at the stone yard in Portugal. Photograph courtesy of Langlands and Bell

‘Question?’ Part 1. Work in Progress at the stone yard in Portugal. Photograph courtesy of Langlands and Bell